The Graphic Novel Classroom: Powerful Teaching and Learning With Images

The Graphic Novel Classroom: Powerful Teaching and Learning With Images

By: Maureen M. Bakis (author)Paperback

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A timely and unique collection of implementable lessons from an experienced secondary English langauge arts teacher who specializes in teaching graphic novels. Maureen Bakis shows how middle and high school teachers can integrate graphic novels seamlessly into their curricula, and use them to foster deep thinking, vibrant discussion, and thoughtful writing from their students. Graphic novels are enjoying a great leap in popularity within schools, and gaining acceptance as part of the canon, but teachers don't yet know much about the genre itself and how to help students interpret and work with them. This book is unique in its depth of treatment about how to use graphic novels in the classroom rather than dwelling on the rationale for doing so.

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Maureen Bakis is a mother of four children and has been teaching English at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts for seven years. Maureen presents her experiences teaching graphic novels to high school students at local, regional, and national conferences and events, most recently New York Comic Con, Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and New England Comics in the Classroom. She also blogs about her experiences as webmaster at


Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Welcome to the Graphic Novel Classroom Part I. Looking at Literacy in the Graphic Novel Classroom 1. Looking at the Comics Medium Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics 2. Interpreting Images Shaun Tan's The Arrival Rachel Masilimani's Two Kinds of People Gene Leun Yang's American Born Chinese 3. Looking at the Big Picture Will Eisner's A Contract with God and A Life Force Part II. Looking at Memoir in the Graphic Novel Classroom 4. Pictures, Perception, and the Past: Teaching Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis 5. Legacies & Images: Teaching Art Spiegelman's Maus, Elie Weisel's Night, and Scott Russell Sanders' "Under the Influence" Part III: Looking at Superheroes in the Graphic Novel Classroom 6. A Glimpse at the Superhero Genre: Teaching Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 7. Making the Invisible Visible: Teaching Alan Moore's V for Vendetta Afterword: The Value of Teaching Graphic Novels in School Resources References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/01/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781412936842
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9781412936842
  • weight: 363
  • ISBN10: 1412936845

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